Estimating the prevalence of borderline personality disorder in the community


Journal Article

The authors use a new diagnostic algorithm derived from the Diagnostic Interview Schedule (the DIS/Borderline Index) to identify a borderline personality disorder among 19- to 55-year-olds at the Duke site of the Epidemiologic Catchment Area project. A criterion score of 11 or more symptoms from the 24-item DIS/Borderline Index identifies 1.8% of the sample. The borderline diagnosis is significantly higher among females, the widowed, and the unmarried; and there is a trend toward the diagnosis in younger, non-White, urban, and poorer respondents. Extensive psychiatric comorbidity and high use of mental health services are found in the borderline group.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Swartz, M; Blazer, D; George, L; Winfield, I

Published Date

  • January 1, 1990

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 257 - 272

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0885-579X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1521/pedi.1990.4.3.257

Citation Source

  • Scopus